How to Replace a Leather Shoulder Strap

Written by amy l. gouger
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How to Replace a Leather Shoulder Strap
Leather straps of nearly any kind can be replaced. (Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

A dinged and torn leather shoulder strap doesn't look appealing, even on an expensive bag. A damaged leather strap can end the usefulness of a favourite bag, if the damage is severe enough. Although leather seems like a difficult fabric to fix, you can replace a leather strap with minimal knowledge of the material or sewing.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • 2 D- or O-rings
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
  • Measuring tape
  • Leather
  • Pins (optional)

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  1. 1

    Cut off the damaged shoulder strap. Leave about 2 to 3 inches of strap on each side.

  2. 2

    Slide the D- or O-rings down the remaining strips of leather.

  3. 3

    Fold the leather in half toward the inside of the bag and sew a seam along the bottom to create a loop to hold the ring in place. Repeat on the opposite side.

  4. 4

    Measure the length of your old strap. Cut two strips of leather equal in length to your broken strap but one-half wider than your previous strap.

  5. 5

    Fold a 1/4-inch hem on both sides of the both lengths of leather to create a finished edge. Pin and sew a seam down both sides.

  6. 6

    Wrap an end of the new strap through the D- or O-ring. Fold 1 inch of strap. Sew a seam to hold it in place. Repeat on the opposite side.

Tips and warnings

  • After you add the D- or O-ring, you can use a snap-on replacement strap instead of making your own strap.

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